John Butler Trio made their first headlining visit in the Cincinnati area at Covington’s Madison Theater on Aug 7th.

•August 8, 2011 • Leave a Comment

John Butler Trio made a rare stop in the Cincinnati area on Sunday August, 7th.  The dynamic and diverse trio visited Madison Theater in Covington, KY.  The Australian outfit brought their intense musicianship and multi-layered stories told in song to town, and did so in true JBT fashion.  Known for their creative ability to tell stories through a distinct sound, and impeccable unique approach to playing their respective instruments,  the three men of the John Butler Trio seem to never disappoint.  This night would be no exception. The crowd filled all of Madison Theater for an inspired memorable journey into the musical wonderland that John Butler has the innate ability to create.   The Noble Visions offers a look into this incredible night of music.

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John Butler Trio8/7/11 – Madison Theater – Covington, KY

Set I: Intro, Revolution, Used To Get High, Pickapart, Mystery Man, Groovin Slowly*, Gonna Be A Long Time*, Treat Yo Mama, Ocean

Set II: Ragged Mile, One Way Road, Don’t Wanna See Your Face, Better Than, Zebra#, Funky Tonight^

Encore: Losing You, Close To You

*With Brother Michael from Mama Kin on Keys
#With Brother Michael on Keys & George Servanis on Percussion both from Mama Kin
^Bass & Drum Solos

Listen or download this show here:  (Thanks to Music For All):  John Butler Trio @ Madison Theater on August 8th



Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers delivered a show to remember, with Bela Fleck adding his magic touch.

•August 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers played Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio this past Saturday night.  (Article to follow)

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Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers – 8/6/11 – Fraze Pavilion – Kettering, Ohio

Set I: Candy Mountain Run, King of the Hill > First There is a Mountain > Mystery Train > King of the Hill, This Too Shall Pass, Crown of Jewels (w/ Bela & Casey Driessen) , I Truly Understand (w/ Bela & Casey Driessen), Defenders of the Flag (w/ Howard Levy), Prairie Dog Town, End of the Innocence, The Way It Is (w/ Bela), Little Sadie > White-Wheeled Limousine > (Long Black Veil) (w/ Bela), Mandolin Rain (Bruce & Bela), Little Maggie (all Noisemakers & Flecktones)

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones started the evening with style at Fraze Pavilion on Saturday night.

•August 7, 2011 • 1 Comment

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones were in town on Saturday night with Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers.  Bela and Bruce are no strangers to one another, and every once in a while the two bring their bands together for a hand-full of performances.  The Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio was one of the lucky cities this summer that got to experience these two world-class musicians collaborate throughout the night.  Bela Fleck & The Flecktones opened up the evening for Bruce’s band, but in actuality members from both bands played together throughout the duration of the night.  The Flecktones took the stage around 8pm and played for a solid hour.  Bruce Hornsby came out during the Flecktone’s set and sat in on Prickly Pear, Falani.  The Noble Visions offers a look into the Bela Fleck & The Flecktones show at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio on Saturday August 6, 2011.

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Bela Fleck & The Flecktones – 8/6/11 – Fraze Pavilion – Kettering, Ohio

Set I: Bottle Rocket, Blu-bop, Prickley Pear*, Life in Eleven, Flying Saucer Dudes, Sunset Road, Slipstream, Sweet Pomegranates, Falini*

*w/Bruce Hornsby (Opening spot for Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers)

Snoop Dogg and his West coast crew invaded the stage at Bogart’s on Monday night.

•August 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Snoop Dogg needs no introduction.  The original Doggfather took the stage at Bogart’s on Short Vine in Cincinnati around 10:30 on Monday.  Snoop and his pose performed a solid one hour set of Snoop classics and a smattering of his newer tunes.  The Noble Visions was in attendance and offer our readers a look into the Snoop Dogg performance on August 1, 2011 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Grace Potter and The Nocturnals rocked a Friday night crowd at PNC Pavilion on July 29th

•July 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The Noble Visions has been covering Grace Potter & The Nocturnals in Cincinnati since their first headlining performance at 20th Century Theater back in June of 2010 ( ) The band played the 400 capacity 20th Century Theater a little over a year ago.  The band went from playing 20th Century in June of 2010, to kicking off their 2011 tour by playing the 1200 person capacity Madison Theater in Covington, KY in January of this year. ( ) Grace Potter and The Nocturnals are back in Cincinnati 6 months later playing the 4100 capacity PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center.  This band just gets bigger and bigger by the day.  I have a feeling that 12 months from now Cincinnati music fans might be seeing this band play the large US Bank arena or Riverbend Music Center.  A good friend of The Noble Visions, and a person whose musical opinion we hold in high regard , Bryan Gfroerer, made the bold prediction that this band will be playing halftime at the Superbowl soon.  I’m starting to think that this prediction isn’t too far off.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – 7/29/11 – PNC Pavilion – Cincinnati, Ohio

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The Heartless Bastards return to Cincinnati and play a special acoustic evening for a sold out crowd.

•July 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The Heartless Bastards returned home to Cincinnati and performed at the Southgate House on July 28th.  The band calls Austin, TX home these days, but all in attendance knew that the Bastards had come home.  Not only did the band return to its roots, it also did something that is very rarely seen from this outfit.  They billed the night as a special Acoustic Evening with the Heartless Bastards.  It didn’t matter what incarnation of the band was going to show up this past Thursday night, the Southgate House was destined to sell out.  And sell out it did.  The Heartless Bastards took the stage without their drummer and delivered a solid evening of music.  The Noble Visions offers our readers with a look into the sold out Acoustic Evening with The Heartless Bastards at the Southgate House in Newport, Ky on Thursday July 28, 2011.

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Trampled By Turtles suprises local music fans by selling out the Southgate House on July 27th

•July 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Some of you might be new to The Noble Visions.  For those of you that have been reading us for some time, you are aware of our Trampled By Turtles articles from last year. ( )  When Trampled By Turtles visited the Southgate House in March of 2010, there were maybe 60 people in attendance.  The band finally made their way back to the Southgate House on Wednesday July 27, 2011.  The band has done some serious touring over the past year, and has gotten much radio play from WNKU and the likes.  NPR has Trampled By Turtles in constant rotation. It was obvious that the band has developed a large fan base.  This go around at the Southgate House would be a bit different from the 2010 show.  The 2011 visit from Trampled By Turtles turned into a completely sold out show.  The staff at the Southgate House had to stop people from sneaking in to get a glimpse of the hottest newgrass/slamgrass outfit on the scene.  The Noble Visions offers a brief look into the July 27, 2011 Trampled By Turtles SOLD OUT show at Southgate House in Newport, KY.


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